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red thread in newly overseeded lawn

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by stevin, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,234

    smallaxe has also made many statements that are less than accurate and that he can't back up. Just take a look at the number of other members who have taken him to task on his posts and he never answers them.

    So, I ask, please inform us specifically how drainage issues result in red thread. And how turf in any type soil can have red thread? Because I love to learn, and if there's a new to me method of controlling red thread, I would love to hear it. I just haven't. Nor have any of the universities that I have checked.

    And if you don't think that my post implies I don't have an understanding of the environment, then you can enlighten me as well. Because, there are many varieties of turf that are resistant to red thread, and some that are extremely susceptible to it.

    So smallaxe, will you share your special knowledge?
  2. turfmd101

    turfmd101 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,375

    I think because a susceptible turf doesn't get it because its simply susceptible. Certain environmental conditions or certain cultural practices cause fungus. Its not the result of a certain plant species.

    Since fungus never seems to form in dry conditions. Over wet conditions such as a poorly drained area are prime for fungus vs an area of good drainage. Poor drainage could be a area that hasn't gotten water in several days but still remains saturated. This will set the stage for fungus first and foremost.

    It's pretty obvious that poor draining areas greatly increase the chance of all fungus varieties regardless of the plant variety in the same location. Areas that drain well and dry well most likely won't have fungus because it can't ignite in dry conditions.
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  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I generally do a google search for specifics about some things to see what others are saying,,, and the second site I came across mentioned drainage as one of the things to investigate... I don't really care that you don't see the connection between,,, ground that doesn't dry out very well, and how it is more susceptible to fungal diseases...
    Drainage is a problem for lots of issues, including root development... do some research of your own, because pretty soon you're not going to have seed resistant to something and you'll have to actually deal with soil texture and structure,,, oh my... let's attack the guy who talks about soil texture and structure... :laugh:

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